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of tomorrow's meeting here in d.c.? >> reporter: i think both sides, both president hamid karzai and president obama will want to walk away from this week's meeting with a clearer picture of how many troops will remain in afghanistan post 2014. there are roughly 66,000 troops based here in afghanistan. both sides will want a clearer picture of what that looks like beyond the pullout. some numbers are reported being considered by the obama administration are 3,000, 6,000 and 9,000. those are considerably smaller levels than the numbers that were proposed by general john allen who is the head commander here in afghanistan for the u.s. forces. he suggested that the troop level should be 6,000 to 20,000. the thinking is if there is a smaller contingent they will assume more of a nimble and more specialops type of deal. if there is a larger contention then they will assume more conventional roles. now, a lot of this may hinge on this notion of immunity. president karzai will have to decide if he will grant immunity for whatever troops remain here. that would give legal protection for troops based h
. >>> tomorrow president hamid karzai of afghanistan will meet with president obama of the white house. when to keep u.s. troops in afghanistan when their mission comes to an end, and if so, how many. it's an issue senator lindsey graham says is key to america's success in the region. >> the possible solutions have a small footprint left behind in afghanistan where they become sitting ducks and it will lead to failure. we've fought too hard, too long to not get things right. his decision about a 2014 force will affect national security for decades. i'd like to support the president if it's a robust number. tha thanh, good evening your time. karzai has a key role in the status of the troops in the region. what is that exactly? >> reporter: alex, a lot of what's going to happen here in afghanistan post-2014 may hinge on this notion of immunity and president karzai and what he decides to do with that. that immunity would basically give legal protection for whatever force is left behind here in afghanistan, and it would give legal protection for those troops in the event they break local law. it
days before hamid karzai is set to meet with president obama at the white house. former chair of the house foreign affairs committee, ileana ros-lehtinen joins us to talk about what to expect from the talks. thanks for joining us. good to see you. >> thanks for the invitation. >> what do you expect to come from the talks? >> i hope not only talk about how many forces will stay in country but some of the ongoing systemic problems in afghanistan. primarily number one corruption. that has been an ongoing problem with the karzai government from day one and also the iranian influence. karzai could be seen now as a conduit in afghanistan as a financial center for are iran to use afghanistan in order to circumvent financial international sanctions and karzai's attemp attempt to cozo the taliban and his attempt at reconciliation could liberate extremist militants that could pose a dangerous threat to u.s. forces there and our nato allies. so there are many unanswered questions that i hope go far beyond how many troops are there. right now we have about 65,000. will we go to 10, 20? ho
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